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Kay LP copy advice

Suspiciousminds

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Hi all
New to the forum so hi.
I have a gibson les paul junior special and a M2 melodymaker, however i recently picked up a Kay Effector Les Paul copy which has onboard effects which all work albeit sounding very lofi.
It’s all original and sounds quite cool actually but the problem i am having is the string spacing, in particular the Low E is very close to the edge of the fretboard which is made worse by the fact that the frets dont cover the binding and go right to the edge of the fretboard - if they went up to the edge it would be ok but a full refret is probably not worth the expense.
String spacing on the Tom bridge measures about 51-52mm so i’m wondering are there any Tom bridges available with slightly smaller spacing.
 

garywright

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you may have luck getting a new nut made and having the string slots cut narrower ..as to the abr …you might be able to reverse some saddle pieces around to have the outer slotted ones become more inward in alignment…or get new saddles and slot them yourself
 

seafood

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Bolt on Neck ? If so ,much easier to do a little Tweak from that standpoint !
 

DrewB

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Bolt on Neck ? If so ,much easier to do a little Tweak from that standpoint !

OP, you didn't answer this question. If it is a bolt-on, that's the first thing to assess before replacing hardware.
 

Suspiciousminds

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Sorry, yes it is a bolt on neck.
I’ve tried to adjust the neck - there is a little movement which would help but one of the neck plate screws appears to have been put in at a slight angle so when you tighten it up fully it then pulls the neck back to where it originally sat.
I guess i could plug the hole and redrill it at the correct angle but i still think it leaves the low E close to the fret ends
If the frets actually went over the neck binding it would be ok but they dont.
Its a shame really because the effects actually sound quite cool in a lofi way
 

garywright

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Thankyou for the replies.
Does anyone have any links to where i can buy unslotted saddles?
I’d be afraid to recommend any due to it being an asian bridge ..looks to me like the A&D string saddles already have a second notch ?.. if this were mine I’d go with creating new string slots plus reversing some saddle directions, who knows ..or just sell it
 

seafood

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Well 2 things......cutting a notch in the bridge saddle will not accomplish what you want....and second ,the problem with the string being on the edge of the neck would indicate the solution itself. plugging 4 little holes and realigning the neck with the correct spacing for the strings is not a big job and it will make the guitar play better,sound better and improve the intonation. all it takes is Titebond and a little time !!!
 

DrewB

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Well 2 things......cutting a notch in the bridge saddle will not accomplish what you want....and second ,the problem with the string being on the edge of the neck would indicate the solution itself. plugging 4 little holes and realigning the neck with the correct spacing for the strings is not a big job and it will make the guitar play better,sound better and improve the intonation. all it takes is Titebond and a little time !!!

That's what I'd do if it was on my bench.
 
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